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Takeya vs Coffee Gator Side-by-Side Comparison

Takeya cold brew coffee maker vs Coffee Gator. Two stand-in-the-door brewers. The Takeya is larger and completely spill-proof.

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Takeya vs Coffee Gator Side-by-Side Comparison

Overall Verdict

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The Takeya cold brew coffee maker and the Coffee Gator are two slender jug type brewers that can stand in a refrigerator door. The Coffee Gator is the smaller brewer with a base diameter of 3.9 inches and the Takeya is 4.3 inches. The Coffee Gator, however, weighs considerably more because the jug is made of glass. The Takeya is made in the USA from high-grade Tritan plastic.

A key difference between the two brewers is the brew quality. The Takeya produces a much stronger and better quality brew due in part to the design of its filter. Takeya, with its unique screw-in filter, recommends shaking the vessel during brewing and you can also brew with the jug on its side on a shelf. 

Even with its filter removed, the Coffee Gator is not spill-proof if laid on its side. The lid, like the Takeya, is a handy twist-to-pour design. The Coffee Gator comes with a stainless steel measuring spoon and a silicone filter for pouring in grounds and water. If you have limited space in your door, and you like the look of the Coffee Gator, it’s not a bad choice.

Pros & Cons

  • Air tight brew decanter
  • Cold or hot (tea) brewing
  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Durable & light weight
  • 1 and 2 quart sizes
  • Color choice
  • Quality of glass carafe
  • Additional spoon and funnel
  • Neat and clever lid
  • Twist to pour lid
  • Personalized extras
  • Inadequate packaging
  • Included instructions inadequate
  • Filter cleaning
  • Grip and length of handle
  • Brew rather average

Key Specs

Brewer HxW
12.2 x 5.9 inches
10.2 x 6.7 inches
Brewer Diameter
4.3” x 4.7” oblong
3.9" (9.9 cm)
Brewer Materials
Tritan plastic
Borosilicate glass, plastic
Filter Type
Nylon, polypropylene immersion
Plastic, nylon immersion
Filter HxDia
10 x 2.7 inches
7.8 x 2.5 inches
Decanter Weight
0.6 lbs
1.2 lbs

Where to Buy

Price at publication

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Analysis and Test Results

Brew Quality

Overall Performance Scoring




The Takeya cold brew coffee maker with a freshly made brew and two cups to the left: one straight coffee, the other with milk.
A small glass of coffee standing in the foreground and the Coffee Gator cold brew coffee jug-carafe in the background.


The Takeya cold brew coffee maker with the filter removed and all the brew decanted. Inside is the remaining sediment.
An inside view of a cold brew coffee carafe showing remaining sediment after all the brew has been carefully decanted.


Overall Design Scoring

In the Box

The Takeya cold brew coffee maker and how it arrived wrapped in plastic.
An unboxed Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker. The box is to the left, a measuring spoon and silicone funnel are upfront.


The Tekeya cold brew coffee maker with the user manual inside the decanter, the screw on lid to the right on the countertop.
The Coffee Gator glass brew jug standing on a countertop. There is no filter inserted.
Height with Stopper Lid
12.2 in (310 mm)
Base Diameter
4.3 x 3.7 in oblong (110 x 95 mm)
5.9 in (150 mm)
6.7" (17.0 cm)
12.0 oz (340 g)
19.3 oz (547 g)
BPA-free Tritan plastic
 borosilicate glass

Stopper / Lid

Takeya Cold Brew Stopper / Lid
A close up of a screw-on rim handle and lid stopper of a cold brew coffee maker.
6.3 in with handle (160 mm)
Tritan plastic
BPA-free plastic
Additional Features
silicone gasket
2 white silicone gaskets


The nylon and plastic filter of a typical immersion filter cold brew coffee maker. The upper section is detachable.
A close up side angle of a plastic and mesh filter used in a cold brew coffee maker.
0.4 in (265 mm)
7.8" (19.8 cm)
2.7 in (70 mm)
nylon & polypropylene
White plastic & nylon mesh
Additional Features
detachable extender
 Detachable base

Build Quality

The Takeya cold brew coffee maker completely disassembled. There are 7 parts visible.
The disassemble Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker showing all 9 parts.


Overall Usability Scoring


The immersion filter of a cold brew coffee maker with a bowl of coffee grounds to the left resting on a scale.
A short video showing how to brew with the Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker.
The Coffee Gator cold brew coffee maker set up for brewing with measured coffee grounds on a scale.


A cold brew coffee maker with the filter just removed after 18 hours of brewing and resting in a glass jar to the right.

Cleaning and Storage


Behind the Comparison

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Roger Shitaki is a writer, author, and editor. His niches are household appliances, health & wellness, and travel. He’s a freelance contributor to a Tokyo lifestyle website and a leading ophthalmology magazine in Asia.

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